Earlier today, Secret Canadian announced the new Damien Jurado record, saying "Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son" will be out this January.
While I know that will be of interest to many Milwaukee music fans, an even wider Brew City audience will be interested in the record's cover, which features one of the three Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory domes!
There are similar domes out there – like the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, but photographic evidence suggests Jurado's dome is definitely one of Milwaukee's.
And Milwaukee designer Daniel Murphy, who created the cover, confirms it.
"Damien wanted to use a dome in the art, and I didn't need to look far," Murphy told me in a tweet.
Score another one for Milwaukee County Parks!
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in an episode of TV's "Party of Five," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.